CHICAGO – More than 98,000 coronavirus infections were reported across the United States on Friday, setting the one-day record for cases as the outbreak in the country grew more and more out of control. The previous record had been set only a day earlier, giving an idea of how quickly the current surge is increasing.
“Cases continue to rise, hospitalizations continue to rise and deaths continue to rise,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, as more than 8,000 new cases , a record, were announced statewide on Friday as the governor imposed trade restrictions in several counties.
The total number of cases nationwide, which was sure to increase throughout the evening as more states and counties reported data, was just a sign of the country’s extraordinarily bleak outlook.
As of Thursday, 24 states had reported more cases the previous week than in any other seven-day period. At least 12 states set single-day case records Friday. And deaths, although still well below their spring peak, have started to rise again, now exceeding 800 per day on average.
“The virus is raging across the state and there is no place to hide,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said this week. Nearly 20,000 cases have been identified in Ohio since last Friday, a stretch that includes the four worst daily totals for the pandemic in the state.
With cases on the rise in 42 states and relatively flat in the remaining eight, a rise that began weeks ago in the Upper Midwest and Rockies has now reached all regions.
Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin continue to report new infections at the highest rates in the country, with none showing real signs of improvement. But Alaska, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, and West Virginia are also among those struggling as well.
“Remember,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Friday, “the more cases, the more people in the hospital, the more people in the ICU and more people die. .